June 7th, 2008
01:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Couple divided on what happens next

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton urged supporters at her final rally Saturday to back Barack Obama with the same enthusiasm they'd had for her presidential bid - but not everyone was ready to follow her instruction.

Arms crossed, David Rivera of Baltimore told a reporter that "it will be a cold day down there before I support - that man." The nomination, he said, had been "stolen" from Clinton. "She won the popular vote, the people wanted her. [Democratic National Committee chairman] Howard Dean didn't."

But his wife Maria said she was ready to follow Clinton's example. "In campaigns, there are winners, and there are losers," she said. "You can't sit and think about what went wrong forever. You have to move forward."

She said she belonged to a grassroots group of nearly two dozen Clinton supporters who called and canvassed for her in the days leading up to Maryland's presidential primary, and that nearly all of them have now decided to volunteer for Obama.

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. eva

    Did Obama play golf when Kennedy or Edwards endorsed him???

    June 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. UNITY 08

    Spring.........While Hillary behaves like a lady, and a valiant one, Obama goes out for golf..........Where was HRC during his VICTORY Speach on Tuesday ,If you recall they had a hijacked meeting,how do you know what was discussed just maybe they agreed for him not be
    there. this was HER moment .....good he wasn't there to witness all the boos and thumb downs. Hillary supports him and so I.Spring........ Hillary could show Obama how to act like a gentleman, how to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and how to choose friends.....If HRC could not control BiIl (Monica) what makes you think she can control Senator Obama. Get a Life!!!!!

    June 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Timothy

    To all Democratics, who supported Hillary Clinton if we really care about Hillary let us get behind her and support Obama and help him get elect for President.

    June 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Moses, Ca.


    If you like McCain,it's ok. But just think of the young men and women that will be fighting in a war we shouldn't be in. You vote is like a bullet after November. You say you love your Grandson, Sons and Nephews, so you want them to go to this war. Do really love them or is your pride and angry more important. Do what you want, but think about the news reports that tells you how many men and women we lost today. Just smile and we showed them, didn't we girls. Face life...

    June 7, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Jeff

    She didn't win the popular vote. The election wasn't stolen.

    And she lied about surviving sniper fire in a war torn country. Then she lied about lying as did her husband.

    How is that anyone else's fault?

    June 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. akamoke

    Those of you "democrats" going on to Vote McCain..good luck to you, just don't complain of rising cost, endless war and unemployment in the ensuing 4yrs if your man is elected President...you would have deserved it

    Otherwise, there is still time to join the change bandwagon, even Hillary recognizes that this is the only way to take America back at the moment

    So , get off your childish rants and consider the future of your children and not vote emotions like "Oh I'm voting McCain becaus eObama goes golfing"..I mean please!!!!

    The man waited for days for this endorsement and you want him to break away from his much deserved rest (as he had promised) to listen to Hillary?, hey, this is the age of Tevo, sure he can watch it later....

    If you dont want to vote Obama because of his policies or experience, that's fair game...anything else is just plain silly in my view...

    June 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. sarah

    i am not a clinton or obama supporter. i was in the beginning open to either of them but now i would not vote for obama because of the hateful and obnoxious comments his supporters post about anyone. they insist clinton was horrible. played the race card, was mean and divisive. the most racist comment made in this campaign by any candidate came from obama saying his grandmother was a typical white woman. obama zealots tell us that if we dont support their ultra liberal, arrogant messiah, we are racist. maybe we just dont think he has the experience and good judgement for the job, but NO the zealots say thats just to cover up the real racist reason. the obama camp cried racism every 3 minutes. the press practically idolized the man and no one seemed to care that the media made horribly sexist comments about sen. clinton. i have always voted democrat but this is the end. i cannot support sen. obama who does not reflect my political views, and disrespects blue collar workers, women, and his own grandmother. i will vote for an american hero who is nothing like bush. i will vote for john mccain

    June 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Molly


    Just one thing – – – NO WE WON'T!!!

    June 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. No Obama McCain President!

    I pulled my Hillary yard signs yesterday, and Voting for McCain!

    June 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Historic Moment that Hillary et al need to join

    This Democratic Primary was a blessing of riches. To turn our back on either Clinton or Obama is patently irresponsible; the stakes are tooooo high to let our future be dismantled more by the Republicans. Whatever your lens of perspective between who won or lost and for what reasons, remember this: they both earned nearly 18 million votes and they both brought new voters into the Democratic fold. Most importantly, their philosophical approach to government and policy, regardless of political rhetoric, are virtually the same when compared to the Republicans. Let's get Hillary on the Supreme Court and Obama in the White House.

    June 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. James

    I'm with the HUSBAND! I will not vote for Obama! The media swift-boated Hillary Clinton, and the DNC is full of a bunch of un-loyal hypocrites. Hillary won the popular vote, and she should have been the nominee. Neither one would of had enough pledged delegates, the Super delegates should have been given the chance to take their time and choose for themselves who the wanted. Not bully and threaten by Dean and Pelosi. Hillary Clinton you should leave that horrible non-loyal party and run as an INDY!

    June 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Teri from Ohio

    "Spring", It's obvious you're not up on all the facts. Your comments show your ignorance. Obama deserves time off with his family. Clinton is also taking time off with her family. They have both been through a long, hard fought campaign. Clinton's speech today made up for her disastrous speech on Tuesday. 18 million people also voted for Obama. It was a very close race.

    June 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. s.boat

    Many Hillary Supporters Are Already Getting Behind Obama! There Are Millions Of Her Supporters Ready To Put A Democrat In The White House Regardless Of The Nominee! However, There Are A Few Who Will Not Come Over To The Obama Camp For Various Reasons. They Are Too Few In Number To Hurt Obamas Chances Even Even If Some Claim All 18 Million Are Going To Vote Mccain! Thats Just Not Going To Happen! Get Over Yourselves And Lets Unite The Party!

    June 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Tiffany

    Like Hillary said, let us help elect Obama our President !!

    June 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. coffeedrinker

    still won't vote for obama. hillary, i'm with you all the way. i've donated, made calls, did every thing i could. but i can not do this one last thing you have asked of me. i can not pull the lever for obama.

    i don't like him. i don't like the way he treats the "bitter, poor, uneducated, blue collar, union, beer drinking, clinging to our gun and our god, democrat"

    good luck to you sen. clinton in what ever you decided to do. you have shown my daughters that a women can be anything she wants. you have also shown us we have minds and know how to use them.

    the dnc didn't want my vote in the primary, they won't be getting it in the fall. in mi, mc cain is ahead. DOES THIS TELL THE DNC ANYHING?

    June 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Bobby

    I don't know why those fawning over Hilary can't respect Obama for his lifetime of achievement:

    – he started running for President 2 weeks after he started in the Senate
    -he revitalized FOUR WHOLE BLOCKS in Chicago as a community organizer

    If these amazing achievements do not qualify him to lead 300 million people then I don't know what will.

    June 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Iowa Voter

    I left the Democratic Party last Thursday, I'm now an Independent voter but will continue to be Hillary Clinton supporter forever. I will remember in November to vote for John McCain the next President of United States of America.

    June 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Mk

    You people who still think you are making some sort of "statement of support" by voting McCain or not at all are showing more disrespect for Hillary than anybody could. If that is what you need to do to make yourself feel better then go for it. But don't hide behind Hillary and her historic fight for this nomination because of your own inability to do what is right for the country and the future of it. Hillary is a fighter and people who are her true supporters know what she wants them to do. Hillary Clinton would NEVER IN HER LIFE support a vote for a Republican.
    A vote for McCain because you are angry is the equivalent to telling Hillary she doesn't even matter.

    A vote for McCain is slap in the face to Hillary Clinton. Which is, of course, what McCain and the Republicans are praying you will do.

    June 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Cool Guy

    I guess people should admit that Senator Clinton didnot win and work for the party rather than taking revenge on Senator Obama just because Clinton is not nominated. No place for selfish ego here.

    Today so many young people have started to take interest in politics because of Obama. This itself is a beginning of the change he is trying to start. Lets not stop it and become villains.

    June 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Doris

    I agree with David Rivera from Baltimore. ""it will be a cold day down there before I support — that man." The nomination, he said, had been "stolen" from Clinton. "She won the popular vote, the people wanted her. [Democratic National Committee chairman] Howard Dean didn't."

    There is no damage control on this. By the way no one should vote for Nancy Pelosi ever again. She just couldn't stand it that Clinton is far more than she could ever be.

    June 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Al, Seattle

    The democrats have been complaining since the day they claim the presidency was stolen from Gore, and continued thru the Kerry campaign. They should take Maria's advise and move forward. You go with the rules in place at the beginning. Like anything else in America, if you don't like those rules, there is a time, place, and procedure for changing them.

    June 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. K.A.

    I'm a little galled at the presupposition of the hardcore Hillary supporters that not voting for Obama (or worse, voting for McCain) is going to really do anything other than exhibit a blind indifference to what's best for Hillary going forward. Do you really think a McCain presidency is going to allow Mrs. Clinton to become a part of any major policy-making or allow her ideas to immediately come to the forefront of discussions? Obama needs to involve Hillary to begin earning the trust of her supporters. It's not as though she has much seniority in the Senate. An Obama White House would be more welcoming to Hillary's priorities. Any vote not for Obama, be it non-participatory or a vote for McCain, does little for Hillary. Worse, if you think putting McCain in the White House so that Hillary can run in '12, you're not looking closely enough at what has transpired in the past 4 yrs to think about what that means for our country. Grow up.

    June 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. King in MO

    spring – We know your a rebublican troll trying unsuccessfully to sway people into voting for McBush. Nice try.

    No to Obama – NIce try. We don't by it. Nobody is that stupid. If you truly supported and voted for Hillary then you would do as she asked. If your just filled with hate then you would talk like you do.

    Yes WE CAN and Yes WE WILL

    June 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. jenny

    Women knows best thank you Maria for trying to educate your husband and all the others out there.To all of you who say you wont vote for "that man" think whom do you think you are hurting,?Obama will still have his home ,cars and not to mention job and insurance so will Hillary and John mc Cain.The rest will be out in the street ,depending on public aid,probably wont have a job,no insurance and crying if I had known.THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE.lets all get together and get Barak in the white house we all will be better of in the end.

    June 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Patrick

    Anyone who says they supported Senator Clinton and will vote John McCain is a straight up liar. How could you so-called supporters do that to Hillary? That's the real betrayal.

    June 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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